Look back: San Antonio Riverwalk. Quiet day.

Photo of reflections in Riverwalk
The Riverwalk provides a peaceful setting in the heart of the city

[Note: Another photo from the past showing places we have been.] In December 2011 we visited San Antonio TX for the second time; our first visit was in December 2006. Our 2001 visit was planned to be there during the Christmas season, as we were impressed with the Riverwalk at that time on our first visit. For a wondrous tour through the heart of a city San Antonio’s Riverwalk is one of the best. You walk along the banks or float on the river 20-30 below street level and in a magical kingdom just barely aware of the world above. This watery kingdom has restaurants and shops, and connections to hotels that line the streets above. Bridges arch over the water to allow you to easily go from one side to the other, and bridges carry the streets over the water as well. Though colorful during the day, at night and especially at Christmas trees lining the river add their own magic of colored lights that make them seem almost imaginary. The photo here is one of my favorites and we use it as one of our wallpaper images on our computers; you can read my story from that visit at http://violette.com/2011/12/21/san-antonio-riverwalk/.
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Sausage frittata. Potluck supper. Elaine card class. Christmas put away.

Happy Birthday, Elaine!

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My sausage frittata

It was potluck night at Royal Palm tonight, and about 40 residents were there to enjoy the feast. Since Elaine was gone to a card class this afternoon I decided to create our contribution. After tossing around ideas for a while last night I decided on a frittata. Why not! I’ve never made one before but I sure enjoy them! It must have been a hit, because the platter was empty before the meal was over. Continue reading Sausage frittata. Potluck supper. Elaine card class. Christmas put away.

Christmas gone. Another great meal. GoWISE Air Fryer. Poppies are in bloom.

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Elaine removing ornaments from Christmas tree on porch

Our Christmas decorations are finally down. Elaine and I are feeling better so this morning we got started and got a lot of them taken down. Then this afternoon, after a break for a rest and for lunch, we finished up packing them in their boxes. Pete Petersen came over this afternoon to take down our icicle lights to finish up the job. Now all we have to do is pull out the storage tray under the deck and pack them away. Continue reading Christmas gone. Another great meal. GoWISE Air Fryer. Poppies are in bloom.

Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Ho, Ho, Ho.

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My electronic Christmas card. Click on the image to see the card.

It’s a magical season for many, at least in this country, with the holiday season upon us. For us it is a quiet time, since we are not traveling anywhere and no one is coming here. We have been in touch with many and are not, thus, “alone”. We went out for our usual Saturday Breakfast Out (to IHOP) and did some grocery shopping, but spent the rest of the day at home. Elaine made some chicken noodle soup for supper using the chicken we rotisseried a couple of days ago. It was delicious! And I sent out my electronic Christmas cards via JacquieLawson.com. Continue reading Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Ho, Ho, Ho.

Christmas cards mailed. Pete and breakfast burrito. Chilly morning.

Elaine putting finishing touches to our Christmas cards

Yeah! Our Christmas cards have been mailed! Elaine and I worked for about two hours this morning on the final steps of adding the card message, addressing the envelopes, stuffing the envelopes, and adding postage. We had almost enough stamps to do the job but had to stop at CVS on our way to the Post Office to buy some more. We are glad to get those 72 cards on the way to our family and friends. Continue reading Christmas cards mailed. Pete and breakfast burrito. Chilly morning.

Kitchen counter. Christmas decorations.

Before: The kitchen with the temporary countertops.
After: The new granite countertops are in place

At long last, our kitchen countertops were installed today! And we are as pleased with our choice of granite material as we hoped we would be. The granite crew spent much of the day doing the install. Marv Fitchett was here all the time to help in preparing for the countertop install and to pitch in when needed. And now this evening Elaine is unpacking more boxes and putting things away in the kitchen; only seven boxes to go. She did not want to do that before the tops were finished. Now we get to make those decisions about how to arrange our kitchen and everything that goes into it. Continue reading Kitchen counter. Christmas decorations.

Christmas labels, continued. Purple wheel cover. Christmas decorations.

Our new steering wheel cover for our golf cart

I found yet another purple item for our golf cart – a black-and-purple steering wheel cover – and installed it today. It was a little larger diameter to fit a regular steering wheel, so I had to cut a 3-inch chunk out of it. But I applied the steering wheel knob bracket to cover the split so it worked out okay. It looks pretty good, and fits with Elaine’s popular purple/violet motif. Continue reading Christmas labels, continued. Purple wheel cover. Christmas decorations.